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Old 03-05-2016, 07:27 PM   #1
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Hello Fellow Campers,

I am a fairly-newbee trailer owner. I have a 2014 Jayco JayFlight 24FBS. When I put my trailer in storage, I pulled out the batteries. I needed some warranty work done and my store guys volunteered to go get my camper (since it is stored very close to the store) to complete the work. When they hooked up my camper, they had to raise the electronic tongue jack and stabilizers. Because the batteries were out, they used what they called a "powerpack" and hooked it up to the wiring that would have been connected to the batteries and were able to raise the jacks without use of the handcranks. I am looking to get a powerpack but don't know what to buy, brand, where to get a cheap one, etc. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-05-2016, 07:42 PM   #2
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A power pack jump starter is what you want. The more mah it has the more power it will have to run your jacks/slides/lights. I use one every once in a while if my TV isn't nearby to plug in the light connection.

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Old 03-05-2016, 07:43 PM   #3
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I am not sure as to why you need a Power pack? Legally you can not tow your trailer on the public roads without the battery in place for the TT's electric brakes (via the break-away switch). If you are going to move your TT, you need the batteries in it anyway? The battery has plenty of power to operate the tongue jack or slide outs, you can always plug the TT into the TV and use that power if the battery is a little low.

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Old 03-05-2016, 07:58 PM   #4
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I had a couple of these JUMP START portable power packs for a few years until the batteries went bad. Never replaced them... I still got them around here somewhere...

These were great back in the tent camping days.... Mine even had a built-in air pump

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Old 03-05-2016, 08:13 PM   #5
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They are still available but I would not want to depend on it for much more than a emergency start or as the rv people did.
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Old 03-06-2016, 10:34 AM   #6
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I purchased a battery boost pack with 400 watt inverter 8 years ago when we first purchased our Northern Lite Camper. Have used it quite a bit boosting various vehicles and a few times when the starting battery on the TV capped out to get us home. I got it at Canadian Tire. 1000amp boost w/ 400 watt inverter. Has not failed me yet. It also has a light and a radio built in.
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